Frequently Asked Questions
What if I'm late to a performance?
We ask ticket holders to please allow ample time for traffic and parking conditions. Due to the unique nature of operatic performances and as a courtesy to our audience and performers, those arriving after the opera has begun will not be seated until an appropriate pause in the performance or at intermission.
Is wheelchair seating available?
Yes! Wheelchair and companion seating can be arranged through the Mobile Opera Ticket Office. Please call (251) 432-6772.
Can I bring kids?
We welcome opera fans of all ages, but opera is generally better suited to older kids because the stories often contain adult themes. Children must be able to sit quietly through an entire performance, which can run up to three hours and we do not recommend bringing children under the age of 6 years.
Every patron, regardless of age, requires a ticket and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. In all cases, please use discretion in choosing to bring a child to a performance.
When should I clap?
At the end of big arias, and, of course, at the final curtain call. Feel free to shout “Bravo” for a male performer, “Brava” for a female performer and “Bravi” for the ensemble. Singers love an appreciative audience!
What should I wear to the opera?
There is no dress code so be as glamorous as you like. “Dressy” attire is usually the norm for evening performances, while Sunday matinees generally see more casual sport jackets and dresses.
How will I understand what people are singing?
You’ll understand every word, whatever language is being sung, because MO provides you with instant English translations, called supertitles, projected above the stage. A full synopsis of the opera is also provided online for each performance and in the program.
How long does the opera last? Is there an Intermission?
This varies by the opera being performed. Many operas run between 2-3 hours in length, like most Broadway musicals. For the most part, there is at least one intermission.
What else should I know to have a great opera experience?
Turn off wristwatch alarms, cell phones, and beepers for the duration of the show. We’ll remind you again with a supertitles message before the performance to kindly turn off anything that beeps or rings.
Wait until intermission or after the performance to discuss the show. Even whispers carry (and please resist the temptation to sing along).
Refrain from eating or unwrapping candy in the theatre. Because of the theatre’s excellent acoustics, even the smallest sounds carry. One crinkly wrapper can affect the opera experience of several people.
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